Friday, May 19, 2017

Indonesian Meatballs Soup a.k.a Sop Bakso

Meatballs Soup a.k.a. Sup Bakso is one of the staple food in Indonesia loved by kids and adults. Our family love this soup too so I cook this often.
Meatballs Soup Recipe

Last year I donated both my slow cooker and pressure cooker and replace them with Instant Pot. 
I have been using it almost every single day to make beef or chicken broth. No more buying those canned/ boxed broth. Homemade broth is so much better and healthier especially if you have anemia like me.
First, make the beef broth by cooking the beef bone {I used beef neck bone found at Ranch 99} for 4 hours with regular pot/ slow cooker or 45 minutes if using Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
Beef Bone Broth
Some people make their own meatballs I don't. I tried to make it before but the texture wasn't as good as this one I found at Ranch 99 Asian Grocery store (picture below) so I use them instead of making them myself. Add the meatballs and the rest of the ingredients to the broth and then cook again for another 20 minutes.
Beef Meatballs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam Recipe
How to make strawberry jam
Max loves strawberries jam so I decided to make my own to replace the store bought one, which was made with long list of ingredients:
Easy strawberry jam recipe
This recipe only has 2 ingredients: strawberries and sugar (I used the organic one from Costco). I tried recipe that use pectin but the texture was quite similar with this one so I decided to eliminate it.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Indonesian Oxtail Soup a.k.a Soup Buntut

Besides the daikon soup, this is another soup that I cook often. The whole family love this soup so hearty and filling. I used to think this is one of those food that's too complicated to make at home but turned out it's not. I use instapot to make this but you can use regular pot, pressure cooker, or slow cooker. I prefer using instapot because I can just press a button and leave, without having to stir or watch it. Very convenient especially when I have to take the kids to different activities.How to cook oxtail soup
Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you from trying to cook this. All of them should be available in Ranch 99 or other Asian grocery stores.
Oxtail soup ingredients
I buy oxtail either from Japanese Supermarket or Costco.
Oxtail soup recipe

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pandan Chiffon Cake Recipe

My son Max doesn't like cake except this one and ice cream cake. After trying and combining different recipes, I came up with our favorite that is fluffy, light, and yummy. Basically it's a combination of Yossi's & this Lachinvasion's. House of Annie gave some useful tips on baking a chiffon cake. Thank you for sharing the recipes and tips!

The ingredients:

The process
After mixing, place the mixture inside a chiffon pan (it's not the same as bunt cake pan and make sure you get the regular one not the non-stick one. Also, it's better if it has feet
The result:
 Baking Pandan Chiffon Cake
Turn the pan upside down 'till it cools
 How to make Pandan Chiffon Cake

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stir-Fried Chinese Okra with Salted Egg

 Stir Fried Chinese Okra with Salted Egg
We first tasted this dish at a local Taiwanese restaurant in town. It was so good that we kept coming back to order it. After a few trials in the kitchen, I finally found the winning recipe. Well, at least it won my hubby's approval.

A little note: I think that the salted duck eggs from Taiwan taste better than the others we found at Asian Supermarket.  I also prefer buying the Chinese Okra from local farmer market if they are in season.
 Stir-Fry Chinese Okra

 How to cook Chinese Okra